Like Cuban music, Cuban art has a rich history — but surprisingly few books have been published about it, even though visual artists are at the forefront of Cuba’s pro-democracy movement today.
That’s why one of the more notable works being presented at next week’s Miami Book Fair is “Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora.”
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The book, featuring essays and more than 40 color plates of Cuban art spanning more than 400 years, is edited by anthropologist Jorge Duany. He directs Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute and spoke with WLRN’s Tim Padgett about how “Picturing Cuba” came together — and what it says about Cuban identity, or cubanía.